Eucalyptus is highly sought after, particularly by florists and for wedding arrangements. Its distinctive menthol fragrance, coupled with its blue-green and silvery tones, complements both cool and warm floral color schemes. Eucalyptus can be cultivated as an annual from seed, with the process involving surface sowing and a lengthy 45-day germination period. Patience is key, and harvesting is recommended once the foliage is mature, and the tips are no longer drooping.
When freshly cut, eucalyptus serves as a long-lasting foliage, often remaining vibrant in vases for up to two weeks. Additionally, as a dried foliage, it becomes a favored element in autumn wreaths and is featured prominently in our holiday wreath this year.
When gardeners in cold climates try to grow tropical plants, we call it zone envy. When cut flower growers do it, we call it entrepreneurial.
The enticing spicy aroma and exquisite silvery foliage of eucalyptus motivate growers across various backgrounds to attempt cultivation, despite its well-known vulnerability to cold temperatures. Among the eucalyptus varieties commonly found in the market, 'Silver Dollar' (E. polyanthemos) stands out with its sizable round leaves, while 'Baby Blue' (E. pulverulenta and related species) features vibrant bluish-gray leaves encircling the stem. Regrettably, neither of these varieties reliably withstands cold climates, prompting many Northern growers to resign themselves to treating them as either summer annuals or high tunnel crops.
Originating mainly from Australia, the eucalyptus genus encompasses over 700 species. Some varieties hail from the southern island of Tasmania, sharing a climate akin to the Pacific Northwest, while others come from the Australian Alps—more symbolic than towering, yet experiencing occasional snowfall and temperatures dropping into the single digits (°F).
Eucalyptus trees are native to Australia, but they are also grown in various other regions around the world. In the United States, Eucalyptus trees are often found in California, Florida, Texas, and Arizona, as these areas have climates that are suitable for their growth.
While New York's climate may not be synonymous with the native habits of the Eucalyptus in Australia, certain varieties have adapted well to the region. Specialty cut growers carefully select Eucalyptus species that thrive in the Northeast's temperature climate, ensuring a sustainable and successful cultivation process.
One of the distinct advantages of sourcing Eucalyptus from specialty cut growers near New York is the local touch. These growers prioritize quality, sustainability, and freshness. By choosing locally grown Eucalyptus, consumers support regional agriculture and reduce the environmental impact associated with long-distance transportation.
Different Eucalyptus varieties boast unique characteristics, from the iconic silver dollar eucalyptus (Eucalyptus cinerea) with its round, silvery leaves to the aromatic lemon-scented gum (Eucalyptus citriodora). Specialty cut growers curate a selection of Eucalyptus varieties to cater to diverse preferences and creative needs.
Eucalyptus has become a staple in floral design, adding texture, color, and fragrance to arrangements. Local florists and designers appreciate the availability of freshly cut Eucalyptus from nearby growers, allowing them to create stunning bouquets and centerpieces for weddings, events and everyday enjoyment.